Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1
Module PH0014 [KTA Expert 1]
Module version of WS 2021/2
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2022/3||WS 2021/2||WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7||WS 2010/1|
PH0014 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization KTA)
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|270 h||90 h||9 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH0014 in the version of WS 2021/2 was Peter Fierlinger.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Principles of particle accelerators
- Detectors in nuclear- and particle physics
- Scattering and cross sections
- Klein-Gordon- and Dirac equations
- Basics of Quantum-Electro-Dynamics
- Electron scattering and form factors
- Deep inelastic scattering and structure functions
- Parton model
- Basics of group theory
- Basics of Quantum-Chromo-Dynamics
- Composition and properties of hadrons
- Quarks and Gluons in high energy reactions
- Experimental tests of QCD
- Basics of effective field theories
After the successful completion of the module, students have structured knowledge about the basic concepts of Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics and are able to understand the science case and the technical details of modern experiments in particle physics. They have basic knowledge about fundamental particles and their interactions as well as about systems that consist of several fundamental particles (Mesons, Baryons and nuclei). They are able to apply the theoretical concepts of the standard model of particle physics to basic phenomena.
PH0001, PH0002, PH0003, PH0004, PH0005, PH0006, PH0007
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||4||Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1||Fierlinger, P. Ibarra, A.||
Mon, 08:30–10:00, PH HS2
Wed, 10:00–12:00, PH HS2
|UE||2||Exercise to Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1||
Responsible/Coordination: Fierlinger, P.
Learning and Teaching Methods
In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented via ex-cathedra teaching using instructive examples. The students are encouraged to engage in scientific discussions, to revisit the learning content themselves and to work through the textbooks mentioned in the section "Literature". Cross references to physical principles taught earlier help the students to grasp the universal concepts of physics.
The tutorial is held in small groups. The students are asked to work out the solutions to the weekly problem sets themselves at home before coming to the tutorial. In this way the students can control and deepen their understanding of the methods and concepts presented in the lecture. During the tutorial solutions to the weekly problem set are presented by the students and the tutor. The tutorial provides room for discussions and additional explanations to the lectures, prepares for the problems of the exam and rehearses the specific competencies.
The different teaching formats are closely intertwined and the lecturers are in constant exchange.
Blackboard or presentation,
Example videos (partly as downloads),
Lecture notes (partly as downloads),
Problem sets and solutions (as download)
B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, F. Zetsche, W. Rodejohann, Teilchen und Kerne (Springer 2013)
B.R. Martin and G. Shaw, Particle Physics (Wiley 2008)
C. Berger, Elementarteilchenphysik: Von den Grundlagen zu den modernen Experimenten (Springer-Lehrbuch, 2014)
F. Halzen and A. D. Martin Quarks and Leptons: an Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics
O. Nachtmann, Elementary Particle Physics: Concepts and Phenomena (Springer)
J.F. Donoghue, E.Golowich and B.R.Holstein, Dynamics of the Standard Model
C.Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions
Description of exams and course work
There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Calculate the energy of an electron beam for the creation of W bosons in a fixed-target experiment.
- Give the gauge symmetries of the standard model and the corresponding charges.
- Plot the Feynman diagram for muon decay.
- Give four conceptually different free parameters in the standard model.
Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.